If I tell you to imagine a hamster you would probably picture the furball in a cage, on a wheel. But while these rodents are incredibly popular as pets, some of them still live in the wild.

Around the world, there are about 26 different species of wild hamsters that are spending their days away from captivity, and Bored Panda has compiled a list of them to show you that these little creatures are one of the cutest things you could meet outside and deserve more than to be hamster pets.

The European hamsters, which are mostly depicted here, are known to build vast food storage chamber systems underground, that can hold up to 65 kg of food for their wintering. A truly impressive amount for such a tiny and cute hamster!

From chewing on some corn to enjoying the smell of a flower, these hamsters in the wild prove they aren't just building burrows to hide from vicious predators. Scroll down to take a look at these adorable puffy-cheek fellows in their natural habitat and upvote your favorite pictures.

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Wild-European-Hamsters

Julian Rad Report

Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

Precious!

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#2

Wild-European-Hamsters

Julian Rad Report

Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

Run! Run! (don't loose the corn)

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#3

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Julian Rad/Caters News Report

Cassie
Community Member
3 years ago

XD <3

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#4

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Julian Rad Report

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
3 years ago

I want to frame and hang this one!!!

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#5

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Eric Baccega Report

layne
Community Member
3 years ago

love his mask

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#6

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Julian Rad Report

Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

Sniff sniff

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#7

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The Feldhamster Report

Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

"oh, hai!"

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#8

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Julian Rad/Caters News Report

Cynthia McCarver
Community Member
3 years ago

That mouth is low-key scary.

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#9

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Julian Rad Report

Ilze Darguže
Community Member
3 years ago

Bro, do you even lift?

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#10

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Karl Leitner Report

LunasTeam
Community Member
3 years ago

hide and seek?

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#11

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Julian Rad Report

Goliq
Community Member
3 years ago

They really love sniffing flowers, do they? :)

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#12

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Julian Rad Report

Lilith Lavine
Community Member
3 years ago

BOO

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#13

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Jenn
Community Member
3 years ago

awwww

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#14

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viktor vasilev - fiktur Report

Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

"Come get some"

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#15

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tina_6500 Report

Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow... What kind of club is this?

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#16

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Julian Rad Report

LunasTeam
Community Member
3 years ago

smells soooo good

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#17

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tina_6500 Report

Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

Cuteness and curiosity

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#18

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The Feldhamster Report

Nash Nopper
Community Member
3 years ago

I am in love <3

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#19

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Julian Rad/Caters News Report

Eyeball
Community Member
3 years ago

Little yoga sesh

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#20

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Sandra S. Report

Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

Parcours?

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#21

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Henrik Spranz Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

Can we just photoshop this to that branch being a mic hanging from the ceiling? Mr. Kennedy types..

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#22

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Julian Rad Report

Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

Flying hamster...

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#23

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Karl Leitner Report

Elizabeth Lazorchak
Community Member
3 years ago

His cheeks are so cute and fat

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#24

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tina_6500 Report

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
3 years ago

OMG!!!!

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#25

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Julian Rad Report

Eyeball
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful colors

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#26

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The Feldhamster Report

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
3 years ago

Boop!

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#27

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perdita petzl Report

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
3 years ago

The tiny fingers!

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#28

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Julian Rad Report

Anastasiia Bogolepova
Community Member
3 years ago

What?! Ahahaha omg I'm in love ❤️❤️❤️

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#29

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The Feldhamster Report

Magdalene Sally Sim
Community Member
3 years ago

*bop nose*

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#30

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Julian Rad Report

Lorrene
Community Member
3 years ago

Julian Rad how did you make these amazing pictures? I loooooooooove em

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#31

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rabe1950 Report

layne
Community Member
3 years ago

Can you believe - someone just left this here?

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#32

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Henrik Spranz Report

Eva Bryson
Community Member
3 years ago

Let's see if I can stuff one more flower!

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#33

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Henrik Spranz Report

Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

"She loves me... She loves me not... to hell with that, this looks tasty.. "

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#34

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Eric Baccega Report

Char Char
Community Member
3 years ago

Hey, wait up guys!

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#35

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Henrik Spranz Report

Gillian Black
Community Member
3 years ago

o yeah this is the one

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#36

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stephiphotography Report

Gillian Black
Community Member
3 years ago

i scared you are sooooo big

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#37

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Henrik Spranz Report

Char Char
Community Member
3 years ago

Aaahhhhhh choo!

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#38

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Philipp Andre Report

Gillian Black
Community Member
3 years ago

oh the choices I have to make in life

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#39

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perdita petzl Report

Demavive la Lune
Community Member
3 years ago

Poking smot...

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#40

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perdita petzl Report

Gillian Black
Community Member
3 years ago

oh no someone has started this one

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#41

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Jan Veber Report

Gillian Black
Community Member
3 years ago

yummy look what I found mmmmmm

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#42

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Karl Leitner Report

Gillian Black
Community Member
3 years ago

now this would make a great whistle I will just nibble it first

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#43

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tina_6500 Report

layne
Community Member
3 years ago

little cutie

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#44

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Sandra S. Report

Gillian Black
Community Member
3 years ago

got my leaf where is yours

#45

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rabe1950 Report

Char Char
Community Member
3 years ago

OMG it's a buffet!

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#46

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TheFeldhamster Report

Jenn
Community Member
3 years ago

too cute!

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#47

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Iris Wilke Report

layne
Community Member
3 years ago

Love this one's racing stripes!

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#48

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Iris Wilke Report

Gillian Black
Community Member
3 years ago

wow two in one place yeah

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